Detail of sword of honour presented to Lord Nelson: 18th century
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Detail of sword of honour presented to Lord Nelson. This detail of the shell shows a ship against a dark background and crowned with laurels. The Corporation of London presented this jewelled and enamelled sword to Admiral Horatio Nelson together with the Freedom of the City of London in 1800. As the inscription reads, this was to mark 'Testimony of the high esteem they entertain of his Public Services and of the eminent advantages he has rendered his country'. The sword was made for a left-hand grip, as Nelson had lost his right arm at Santa Cruz, Tenerife in 1797.
1798 AD - 1800 AD